The No. 7 Ducks (20-4, 10-3 Pac-12) had to fight off four set points to win the second, before rallying to win and then carrying that momentum in the third for a 26-24, 29-27, 25-12 victory. The Utes had nine service aces through two sets but none in the third.
“They had us on our heels a lot,” UO coach Matt Ulmer said. “But I thought we figured it out and made some nice adjustments. I thought we played some really good volleyball in the third set, and they had a hard time keeping up with that.”
Ulmer called the twin performances from Colyer and Lewis “a big deal for us,” adding, “if we’re going to play for a long time this year, we’re going to need the two of them to score a lot.”
How It Happened: Two early kills by Lewis got the Ducks out to a 3-0 lead in the opening set. A 4-0 run gave Utah a 10-7 lead, but Oregon responded with four straight to retake the lead. Consecutive kills by Lewis gave the UO women a 16-13 advantage, but that was the last time either team led by more than two. Utah fought off set point to force a 24-24 tie, but a block by Colyer and McGhee followed by a Utah error clinched it for the Ducks.
Lewis was already well on her way to her 11 kills on the night, matching her total from a win at Utah a month earlier.
“I think some of my strengths go along well with the defense they run,” Lewis said. “I feel like if I just play my game, it’s usually pretty successful.”
Oregon tied the second set 2-2 to regain serve, which was then in the hands of freshman Kate Thibault. Before she was done, the Ducks had scored eight straight to lead 9-2, with Colyer recording the last three kills. Utah answered with a 7-2 run, however, and later scored three straight to retake the lead in the set, 19-17. When it was 24-21, the Ducks got a kill from McGhee and two from Bacon to fight off three set points, and Oregon later fought off another down 26-25. Colyer then broke a 27-27 tie with a kill and an ace to put the Ducks up two sets to none.
Bacon’s availability has been limited in recent weeks, but she played all three sets…